Non-AQ players to watch

July, 7, 2011
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We have seen several watch lists come out over the past few days. Just wanted to point out a few of the non-AQ players who have been dubbed players to watch:

Bednarik Award, top defensive player in the nation

LB Tanner Brock, TCU
LB Tank Carder, TCU
DE Vinny Curry, Marshall
DE Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy
DT Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
LB Korey Williams, Southern Miss
DT Billy Winn, Boise State

Comment: The top defensive players in those respective conferences are represented. Carder should be a finalist and a first-team All-American. Players like Massaquoi and Nix are completely underrated and deserve this type of recognition.

Biletnikoff Award, top receiver in the nation

Cole Beasley, SMU
Kelvin Bolden, Southern Miss
Josh Boyce, TCU
Patrick Edwards, Houston
Ladarius Green, Louisiana
Noel Grigsby, San Jose State
Nick Harwell, Miami (Ohio)
T.Y. Hilton, FIU
Damaris Johnson, Tulsa
Darius Johnson, SMU
Kamar Jorden, Bowling Green
Lance Lewis, East Carolina
Rishard Matthews, Nevada
Eric Page, Toledo
Royce Pollard, Hawaii
Tyler Shoemaker, Boise State
Jordan White, Western Michigan
Cody Wilson, Central Michigan

Comment: SMU was one of seven schools with multiple nominees and the only non-AQ school. It makes sense, considering the type of offense the Mustangs run. Hopes are high for Kyle Padron to have a breakout season. Shoemaker being on the list is interesting -- clearly folks believe he will be able to step right in for Titus Young and Austin Pettis. He has the best shot of all the Broncos receivers.

Mackey Award, given to best tight end

Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky
Kyle Efaw, Boise State
Ladarius Green, Louisiana
Lucas Reed, New Mexico
Evan Rodriguez, Temple
Luke Willson, Rice

Comment: Green should be a finalist for this award.

Maxwell Award, given to best player in college football

QB Dominique Davis, East Carolina
QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
RB Jared Hassin, Army
RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
WR Damaris Johnson, Tulsa
QB Case Keenum, Houston
QB Ryan Lindley, San Diego State
RB Zach Line, SMU
RB Doug Martin, Boise State
QB Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
QB Kellen Moore, Boise State
RB Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky
RB Ed Wesley, TCU

Comment: Moore should be a finalist for this award the way he was last season. Nice to see non-AQ players like Rainey get some recognition here. He was the top non-AQ player in rushing yards last season. Having Hassin on the list was a good choice, too. He had an outstanding season last year and should only be better in 2011.

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